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Coming Soon - Lonicera

I named this pattern Lonicera, the botanical name for honeysuckle, a beautiful & fragrant wild vine. A favorite childhood memory is of wandering the fields around my childhood home, on warm June days, looking for honeysuckle patches. My sisters and I would pluck the flowers and carefully pull out the stamen for a sip of the honeysuckle's tasty nectar. The pattern for this vest/wrap went out to test knitters this morning. I hope to have the pattern ready for publication by mid July.

More information on Ravelry. (This link will work for everyone, not just Raverly members.)

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So Excited About This!

Had a great day with Gale Zucker last week. She captured it beautifully in her post.

For Those Summertime Cocktails

Ah, it's that time of year again - delightful summer beverages sipped in lovely outdoor locations.

Coasters 1

But along with those icy drinks comes the inevitable condensation on the glass followed quickly by a little puddle around its base. Each tasty sip adds another drip to the front of your blouse, on the knitting in your lap or the pages of your book.

Coasters 2

It's a good thing these absorbent, little cotton coasters are so quick to make. Most of us already have the required scraps of cotton yarn sitting in the stash. I used remnants from the Potholder Swap.

Coasters 3

As with potholders, you can use any crochet motif that strikes your fancy. Make two circles (or squares, or hexagons. . .) for each and join them with your choice of crochet border.
Coasters 4

There are many patterns and tutorials for the simple circles that I made, but here's my formula. I alternated one round per color of two colors, then added a contrasting edging.

(Assume that when I write dc here the first dc in each round is actually a ch3 )
Create a loop with the yarn and work 12 single crochets into it.
Next round: 2dc into each of the 12. (24 sts)
Next round: (2dc into first st, 1dc into next st.) to end of round. (36 sts)
Next round: (2dc into first st, 1dc into next 2 sts.) to end of round. (48 sts)
Next round: (2dc into first st, 1dc into next 3 sts.) to end of round. (60 sts)
Etc. to the size you want.

Coasters 5

I used a 3.5mm (E) crochet hook and Rowan 4 ply cotton yarn.
Coasters 6
I may even stick one or two of these in my bag for those outdoor cafes that fail to provide a cocktail napkin with my mojito.

On Raverly